ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced the availability of $3 million in funding from the federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance (BJAG) program for the prevention and reduction of crime and violence. BJAG is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government.

“This is an important program that benefits the citizens of Maryland,” said GOCCP Executive Director, V. Glenn Fueston, Jr. “Awards from this federal grant support a broad range of state and local criminal justice initiatives critical to Maryland’s goal of safer communities. Funding is intended to reduce existing gaps in service that impact violent crime, crime victims, enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, detention and rehabilitation.”

This is the 14th year of the BJAG grant. Last year, approximately $2.5 million was distributed throughout the state. The deadline to apply for funding is August 20, 2018.

The Notice of Funding Availability and more information about the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program may be found here. Information about the award namesake may be found here.